Weekly Health Watch with items on de-stressing your morning routine, a new study about maternity leave and breastfeeding and more.
Morning routines don't have to be boring or frustrating, and rebooting your routine can have a positive effect on your entire day. Here are some tips to reboot your morning routine.
Here are some tips for rebooting your routine and getting off to a great start.
Eat breakfast. The key to jump-start your metabolism and kick off your day right is to eat breakfast. But according to a survey commissioned by Emerald Breakfast on the go!, less than 43 percent of Americans eat breakfast daily. In addition, 25 percent of Americans who eat breakfast can't remember what they ate in the morning in the last three days, and nearly one in three (32 percent) people sometimes feel remorseful about what they eat for breakfast.
Get moving. The American Council on Exercise says that as little as 10 minutes of exercise gets oxygen-rich blood pumping throughout your system, boosting your energy and your mood. Stretching helps wake up tired muscles. Try some simple yoga poses or tai chi moves. You can also wake yourself up with a few full-body stretches by gently pointing your toes and reaching your arms above your head.
Get some rays. Sunshine stops the production of melatonin, which helps you sleep, and signals your brain that it's time to wake up. So raise the shades to help get your day going with more energy.
Re-route Your Commute. Freshen things up by taking a new route to work or school. Doing things the same way all the time puts the brain into automatic pilot. Changing things up a bit forces you to pay attention and stimulates the brain.
To help ease morning stress, get everything ready the night before. Lay out all clothing. Sign school papers, pack up backpacks and have them right by the door. Load up your laptop bag with whatever you'll need the next day. Put everything in the same spot near your exit door - don't forget your keys - so your routine is smooth.
-- Family Features
New Research: More children receiving HIV treatment
An estimated 6.6 million people in low- and middle-income countries were receiving antiretroviral therapy for HIV or AIDS at the end of 2010, according to the World Health Organization. Of this, an estimated 420,000 to 460,000 were children. This marks the largest ever annual increase in the number of people accessing HIV treatment, which is 1.4 million more than a year ago.
Did You Know?
People with disabilities are more than twice as likely to find health care provider skills inadequate to meet their needs, and they are nearly three times more likely to report being denied needed health care. -- WHO
Health Tip: Circuit workout for stronger glutes
It's important to burn the fat that covers glute muscles to shed the extra padding, so cardio exercise should be incorporated into butt-busting workouts. Try a circuit: Workout with 15 alternating lunges per leg while holding five- to 10-pound hand weights. Without rest, transition from lunges to wide squats, and complete 15 in a row. Finish the circuit with one minute of plyometric split jumps to give your heart rate a big boost. Repeat this circuit one more time and you'll be on your way to a toned backside.
-- Life Fitness
Number to Know
15: Salmonella infections have not decreased during the past 15 years and have instead increased by 10 percent in recent years, according to a recent Vital Signs report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Children’s Health: Maternity leave and breastfeeding
A recent study found, out of a national sample of mothers, women who took at least 13 weeks of total maternity leave had the highest rate of breastfeeding initiation, at 74.2 percent. Women who took one to six weeks of leave had the lowest rate, at 64.6 percent. Women returning to work after 13 weeks had the highest proportion of predominant breastfeeding beyond three months, while those returning within one to six weeks had the lowest proportion. Study authors conclude that if new mothers delay their time of return to work, they may breastfeed for a longer period of time.
-- American Academy of Pediatrics
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